It was September 19, the date which is an indelible mark in the history of T20 cricket. India was playing the 21st match of ICC Cricket World Cup T20 at Durban in 2007, where Men in Blue won the toss and elected to bat first. While batting first, the opening pair Gambhir and Sehwag scored a half-century 58 and 68, respectively. After the openers were sent back to the pavilion, Robin Uthappa was also departed on just 6 runs.
Then on the crease, it was MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. The Punjab’s Sher had an argument with Flintoff, right before the first ball of the 18th over was to be bowled by Stuart Broad. First ball, six, out of the ground, witnessing a super shot over the cow corner and it just kept sailing over the fence. On the second ball, six again, with a dismissive flick off his legs, swatting a fly and the ball was in the air for a while and dropped in the crowd beyond backward square leg. Six again, he was hitting everywhere.
On the third ball, Yuvi steps to leg and smashed the ball over extra cover. No more stopping, six again. Broad bowled fourth ball round the wicket, but delivered a wide full toss, Yuvi steered it over backward point and it cleared the rope again. The stadium was roaring, as if lion is there on the ground. And yet again, another six, down on the knee and smashed it over the mid-wicket, it went to the night sky and fall in the jubilant crowd. Stuart Broad was looking quizzical and miserable.
Five on Five, fingers were crossed; will it be the sixth one? Yes it is another six and a record by Punjabi Sher Yuvraj Singh. He leaned back and hammered it over the wide mid-on, and ball was just sailing over the fence. Yuvi smashed the fastest half-century in just 12 balls, which includes 6 sixes and 3 fours. He is the first bastman to hit six sixes in an over in T20 and fourth among the senior cricket. Besides, Yuvi, Garry Sobers and Ravi Shastri did it in first-class cricket, Herschelle Gibbs in World Cup and then our own Punjabi Lion Yuvraj Singh.